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Associated Press, Published September 03 2012

Beckham helps White Sox sneak past Twins

CHICAGO – Gordon Beckham hit a two-run homer and Hector Santiago won in his first major league start as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Monday night.

After falling out of sole possession of first place in the AL Central on Sunday night following a 1-6 road trip and being swept by the Tigers, the White Sox won the first of a 10-game homestand. They moved a game up on Detroit, which lost to Cleveland 3-2.

Many of the White Sox players watched the Tigers’ last out before going out to stretch while manager Robin Ventura practiced his putting in his office.

The White Sox have won eight straight at home and 22 of their last 27 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Jamey Carroll hit his first home run in three seasons for the Twins, who are 25 games below .500.

Santiago (3-1) pitched five-plus innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out six and walked three. Santiago started the season as the White Sox closer and later moved to a middle reliever. He was sent to Triple-A Charlotte to be stretched out as a starter.

Santiago is taking Gavin Floyd’s spot in the rotation. Floyd is on the DL with a sore right shoulder.

Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances. The White Sox needed six relievers to secure the win.

Home-run leader Adam Dunn was 1-for-3 with a double after missing Chicago’s previous two games with an oblique strain.

Twins starter Samuel Deduno (5-3) allowed two runs, six hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked three.

A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single in the second inning, two outs later, Beckham hit a pitch from Deduno over the left-field fence for his 13th of the season.

Carroll hit his first home run since Aug. 9, 2009, with one out in the fifth inning to cut the White Sox lead to 2-1. The home run for Carroll snapped a streak of 1,348 at-bats without a homer, which was the longest active streak in the majors.

Ben Revere robbed Kevin Youkilis of extra bases in the fifth with a running catch on the left-center warning track.

Minnesota Chicago

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Revere cf 4 0 1 0 De Aza cf 5 0 1 0

Mstrnn lf 3 0 0 0 Ykils 3b-1b 3 1 2 0

Mauer c 2 1 1 0 A.Dunn dh 3 0 1 0

Wlngh dh 4 0 0 0 Konerk 1b 3 0 1 1

Mornea 1b 4 0 1 1 Lopz pr-3b 0 0 0 0

MCarsn pr-rf 0 0 0 0 Rios rf 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 0 0 Przyns c 4 1 1 0

Parmel rf-1b 4 0 2 0 Viciedo lf 3 0 0 0

JCarrll 2b-ss 3 1 2 1 JrDnks lf 0 0 0 0

Flormn ss 2 0 0 0 AlRmrz ss 4 1 1 0

Doumit ph 1 0 0 0 Bckhm 2b 4 1 2 3

ACasill pr-2b 1 0 0 0

Totals 32 2 7 2 Totals 33 4 10 4

Minnesota 000 010 010— 2

Chicago 020 000 11x— 4

E—Mastroianni (3). DP—Minnesota 1, Chicago 1. LOB—Minnesota 7, Chicago 9. 2B—Mauer (28), Parmelee (7), Youkilis (13), A.Dunn (16), Rios (32). HR—J.Carroll (1), Beckham (13). SB—Revere (32), Mastroianni (18), De Aza 2 (23), Al.Ramirez (15). CS—Mauer (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Deduno L,5-3 6 6 2 2 3 3

Waldrop 1 2 1 1 0 0

Fien 1 2 1 1 0 1

Chicago

H.Santiago W,3-1 5 3 1 1 3 6

N.Jones H,6 Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Veal H,1 Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Crain H,8 Zc 1 0 0 1 0

Thornton H,22 1 1 1 1 0 1

Myers H,7 Xc 1 0 0 0 0

A.Reed S,25-29 1 1 0 0 0 1

H.Santiago pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

HBP—by Deduno (Viciedo). WP—H.Santiago.

T—3:00. A—21,676 (40,615).